By Evelyn Waugh
Man Crouchback, decided to get into the struggle, takes a fee within the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits excessive, he sees the entire trimmings yet not one of the motion. And his first crusade, an abortive affair at the West African beach, ends with an escapade that heavily blots his Halberdier copybook. Men at Arms is the 1st novel in Waugh's remarkable Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of man Crouchback ("the best paintings of fiction in English to emerge from global conflict II" -Atlantic Monthly), which additionally includes Officers and gents and Unconditional Surrender.
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THE BATTLE FOR WARSAW THE FIRST 96 HOURS O w i n g t o B o r - K o m o r o w s k i ' s m i s t a k e in g i v i n g the e x e c u t i o n o r d e r for the u p r i s i n g j u s t b e f o r e e v e n i n g curfew, m o s t o f the A K district l e a d e r s d i d n o t receive the o r d e r until the m o r n i n g o f 1 A u g u s t , g i v i n g t h e m only six t o eight h o u r s t o a s s e m b l e their t r o o p s . I n d e e d , m a n y p e r s o n n e l d i d n o t receive their o r d e r s t o a s s e m b l e until j u s t b e f o r e W - H o u r .
15 AK troops fail to capture the bank on Bielanksa Street. However, Stahel evacuates the small German garrison on the night of 3 August and the AK occupies the building the next morning. 16 The Jelen unit attacks the Gestapo Headquarters and is slaughtered. 17 Regiment Baszta's Battalion Baltyk attacks the SS-Polizei Barracks on Narbutta Street and is repulsed with 30 per cent losses. 18 The remainder of Regiment Baszta seizes the Krolikarnia Palace. 19 Evening: the AK attack against the SS-Polizei barracks on Narutowicz Square in Ochota fails, thereby preventing a link-up with the city centre.
O n c e it b e c a m e c l e a r in J u l y 1 9 4 4 t h a t S o v i e t i n t e n t i o n s t o w a r d s P o l a n d w e r e d i s h o n o u r a b l e , the A K ' s p l a n n i n g r e v e r t e d t o the t r a d i t i o n a l ' D o c t r i n e of T w o E n e m i e s ' ( G e r m a n y a n d R u s s i a ) d e v e l o p e d b y P i l s u d s k i ' s r e g i m e . T h e m a i n o b j e c t i v e s n o w b e c a m e t o p r e v e n t the G e r m a n s f r o m levelling W a r s a w a s they e v a c u a t e d the city a n d t o p r e v e n t the S o v i e t s f r o m installing a C o m m u n i s t p u p p e t r e g i m e in the c a p i t a l .